Paul Sims’ herd of American British White Park Cattle move as a wave of white, trotting up to the fence to greet him on his Dent County farm. Paul claims he rarely feeds the cattle, except necessary hay in the winter, but maintains that the breed’s affection for humans is inherited.
Scott and Pam Powers believe in supporting local agriculture, and in the process, they're growing the best tasting broiler chickens and meat rabbits in Ozark County, Missouri. Their method is to use no additives or preservatives in raising their animals, and they do it all on their small acreage.
Jason Osborn, born and raised on a Howell County, Mo., dairy farm, outside Pomona has continued his family’s tradition of a life in agriculture. And like so many in the Ozarks today, that included work in a local factory for 10 years to sustain that way of life.
Frank Martin has been around horses his entire adult life. Today, he serves as secretary of the Missouri Equine Council. “My wife Dianne actually got to talking with the director of the council and offered me up for a position on the board, but I’m very happy to be involved,” he smiled.
Ask Fred and Linda Schupbach of Ozark, Mo., what they think of their Dorper cross sheep and they’ll tell you that Dorpers make better mothers, sell at a better price and have minimal birth problems. Six years ago, Fred and Linda began their journey with meat sheep as a bit of an experiment; today, what started out as a group of nine sheep has grown into a healthy flock of 140 head that Fred and Linda are very proud of. “We really like the sheep,” Linda said. The sheep flock shares the Schupbach’s Lone Pine Ranch with 40 head of Boer goats, three cows, four Missouri Foxtrotters and one pony, a flock of guineas, two guard dogs and two female Border Collies, Kempee and Cricket, who are trained to herd the sheep.